After her sell-out 2018 show, Trying, which earned her the prestigious Comedian’s Choice Best Performer Award, star of Live At The Apollo, Laura Lexx brings her latest Edinburgh solo hour – Knee Jerk – to shine a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Laura spoke with The Fountain about the show, and what she would advise to any first time Fringe performers.
TF: What is the premise of your show?
This year I’m using the tricks I use to try and keep my own anxieties at bay to try and work out why society keeps flinching at things. After doing such a personal show last year I really want to look outward a bit more this year and talk about something other than myself!
TF: What drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I really just tend to write about whatever is most prevalent on my mind, and I think at the moment it feels like people are very combative. I hate conflict and confrontation so I wanted to explore what puts the public at each others throats. It feels like a tumultuous time to be alive, but is that accurate? Hasn’t it just always been a big old mess?
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
I think you have to go with a plan, but some of that plan needs to be to leave some things unplanned! It’s so easy to get carried away and spend triple your budget and fully exhaust yourself so you need to go with your eyes open, ready to do some mad wonderful things.
TF: Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
So much! I never plan too hard what I’m going to see because I don’t like to put pressure on myself. I go and see whatever I feel like on the day, usually something a bit offbeat and less straightforward stand up. Often someone I don’t gig with a lot. I also really, really love the circus tent.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?
I’m looking forward to touring this show and developing it further from an hour tailored for Edinburgh into a show that evolves and moves around with me for a year. I’ve not done a big tour before so it’ll be a whole new step for me to get that underway.
Knee Jerk is at The Turret, Gilded Balloon Teviot, from 31st July – 25th August (not 14th), 17:15